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La Scarpetta - 2 Mar - 2015

La Scarpetta - Open Calzone

La Scarpetta is an Italian restaurant that is also open for breakfast and puts an Italian stamp on the dishes, so you’re not getting the standard breakfast menu you would find elsewhere. I had the open calzone with delicious thick sliced Ciabatta toast. The calzone is a little intense with the strong earthy flavours of the field mushrooms, but the ricotta helps to balance it out a little and the herbs add extra flavour. Lovely breakfast to start the day. . . . → Read More: La Scarpetta – 2 Mar – 2015

Laundry 43 - 28 Feb 2015

Laundry 43 - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ravioli

Laundry 43 offers patrons a share plate style menu but one can still dine solo. I ordered the special of the day, the smoked Wagyu beef ravioli. The presentation was excellent and the regional produce exuded flavour and freshness along with the delicious meaty sauce. I wasn’t that impressed with the ravioli filling which had a consistency like quiche and contained less Wagyu beef than I was expecting. The meaty Wagyu flavour was also overpowered by the sourness of the pickling juices of the onions. The ravioli was a lovely consistency and service was very friendly. For the price, I expected a little more and expected to be comfortably full. . . . → Read More: Laundry 43 – 28 Feb 2015

The Laneway Lounge - 19 Feb 2015

The Laneway Lounge - Prawn Popcorn with Chilli Mayo

This classy 1940’s New Orleans venue offers patrons a seat at the bar, the high tables, private booths, and also has a live music room for local and international performances, particularly of a jazz or blues variety. Whiskey is on the drinks menu along with all kinds of beverages, and in keeping with the full table service available, the tapas menu offers something more than just the average bar food. I particularly enjoyed the golden brown popcorn prawn which was rich but had the edge taken off by the spicy chilli mayo. I also really enjoyed the chunks of pork belly surrounded by a light deep fried dough and coated ever so slightly with a maple syrup and bourbon glaze. These donuts were really something. While the desserts are quite pricey, I did have the amaretti & caramel custard tart which has the most delicious sensation! The palette cleansing banana gelato is very tasty but the rest of the dessert has elements which don’t quite gel well. I was pretty full and really liked the feel of the venue and the delicious food. A great place to stop by for any occasion, especially pre-theatre. . . . → Read More: The Laneway Lounge – 19 Feb 2015

Bambamboo - 18 Feb 2015

Bam Bam Boo - Char Siew Bao and Panfried Pork Bun

If you really can’t be bothered walking 5 minutes to Northbridge and picking any number of yum cha restaurants on Roe St and beyond, then pop into Bambamboo for yum cha instead. The ordering process is convoluted and you need to know what dishes and how much you will order upfront, but apart from that, the food is pretty tasty and comparable to what you would get at a yum cha restaurant. I’d still favour going to a yum cha restaurant for the authentic deal and you can also keep ordering till you’re full, but Bambamboo is a solid alternative. I really loved the pork belly and enjoyed the BBQ pork buns, panfried pork buns with heaps of chilli oil, and the pumpkin sago pudding for dessert. Takeaway also available. . . . → Read More: Bambamboo – 18 Feb 2015

Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant - 14 Feb 2015

Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant - Seafood Pancake

An unassuming restaurant on Hay Street in East Perth, the restaurant filled up fast and several opted to utilise the gas stoves at their table to barbecue the raw ingredients on the menu. I chose the cooked dishes and started with a tasty crispy seafood pancake with condiments of spicy kimchi, bean sprouts, bean curd, and a sour sauce which help to counteract the richness of the pancake. I then had a hot plate of steaming finely sliced beef bulgogi. Tender and very tasty, the bulgogi carries a lovely flavour of the marinade which I enjoyed with steamed rice. . . . → Read More: Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant – 14 Feb 2015

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant - 11 Feb 2015

Brotzeit - Bavarian Sausages, Pretzle, Sweet Mustard

I was back again for another visit to the German restaurant, Brotzeit. On today’s visit I had their traditional Bavarian sausages, weisswurst, which came with a freshly made pretzel and sweet mustard. The herb specked smooth sausages were really delicious, taking on a subtle flavour, but really tasty. I liked the pretzel, especially the salty bits, with the sweet mustard which helped to take the meaty edge off the meal. Also aiding the cause is a side of buttered spatzle (like a German pasta) which was pretty tasty but needed a dash of seasoning. This is another really filling meal which resulted in me eating a very light dinner. . . . → Read More: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant – 11 Feb 2015

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 24 Jan 2015

Public House Kitchen & Bar - Ecuadorian Tart

A visit to Public House Kitchen & Bar will provide you with an array of dishes from South America to be enjoyed in comfortable, casual surrounds, with friendly service to boot. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share, starting with the empandas – a fish and corn filling surrounded by a lovely pastry. The house made chorizo with smoked lime was excellent, and the classic ceviche refreshes the palette with the acidity of the lime juice cured fish. For something more substantial, the 18 hour pork cut like butter, tender and succulent, but lacking a touch of seasoning or a sauce. The coffee and honey lamb ribs were disappointing compared to my prior visit. The lamb was tough and the honey and coffee flavours muted. The tomato, palm heart, and mozzarella salad was a welcome partner to the pork and ribs, cleansing the palette of the meaty flavours. Lastly, for indulgence, the Ecuadorian chocolate tart, chocolate ice cream, and macaron like alfajore with salted caramel were excellent. Lots of variety on the plate, lots to enjoy. I certainly did. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 24 Jan 2015

CaffeItalia - 23 Jan 2014

CaffeItalia - Saporita Pizza

I stopped by for takeaway at CaffeItalia where I got a pizza, pasta, and a dessert. The saporita pizza had a nice light thin base with plenty of gooey mozzarella cheese, soft juicy capsicum and chunks of spiced potato. A tasty pizza. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in a four cheese sauce presented soft ravioli parcels in a thin tomato cream sauce, but lacked seasoning. A dash of salt lifts the dish but the lack of a salty punch from the cheese makes the dish pretty tasty rather than something more. The tiramisu is light and is very creamy. A huge portion presented allows you to enjoy the sponge coffee soaked fingers which is a lovely finish to the meal. Solid Italian food but could be better. . . . → Read More: CaffeItalia – 23 Jan 2015

Bangkok On William - 11 Jan 2015

Bangkok On William - Chilli Basil Chicken Stir Fry

Bangkok on William offers a range of Thai dishes to choose from in comfortable surrounds with friendly service. We started with chicken satay skewers which were really delicious, the coconut cream providing a lightness to the normal intensity of the peanuts in the sauce. For mains, I had to try one of their curries and opted for the Massaman curry which was excellent. Several chunks of tender beef with potatoes absorbing the creamy and slightly sweet curry, enjoyed with steamed rice. For something deep fried, the prawns in honey lemon sauce were hard to go past. They had a lovely light crunchy batter with the acidity of the lemon balancing out the sweetness of the honey, a lovely balance which was very tasty. We also ordered the chilli basil chicken stir fry that packed a bit of a bite due to the chillies, but carried a delicious flavour. For dessert, I had the black sticky rice with taro and coconut cream. The perfectly cooked juicy black rice grains had swelled, with the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess, what a way to finish the meal. . . . → Read More: Bangkok On William – 11 Jan 2015

The Generous Squire - 24 Dec 2014

The Generous Squire - Beef Brisket

Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food Location: Perth CBD, Shafto Lane

Christmas Eve and we were hungry so one of my colleagues who was leaving was in search of a pub serving pints. Problem is after visiting several pubs, all were full. We finally ended up at The Generous Squire where it . . . → Read More: The Generous Squire – 24 Dec 2014